The first major domino of baseball’s free agency falls, and it leaves a mighty imprint in the National League East.
The Nationals have had initial dialogue with free agent outfielder B.J. Upton and are expected to have increased communication with Upton in the near future.
According to his agents, the former Tigers and Rays infielder's deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The one-year, $13.3 million offer to the Gold Glove first baseman ensures the team will receive draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team in free agency.
By midnight, the exclusive negotiating window for teams with their own free agents will expire, and any team will be welcome to sign any free agent.
With the new collective bargaining agreement last winter came a new system of compensating teams who lose players in free agency, and it will have an impact on Adam LaRoche and Edwin Jackson.
Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, others can become full-blown free agents Saturday